SAN DIEGO, May 9, 2015 – The founder of Mother’s Day, Anna Marie Jarvis, became unhappy with the holiday she established 104 years ago to honor her own mother, Anna Jarvis, who died May 5, 1905.
Mother’s Day took place for the first time in 1908. It was celebrated at Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, W.Va., where Jarvis’s mother had been teaching Sunday school. Mother’s Day became a recognized holiday in the United States on May 8, 1914.
Jarvis came to see her holiday become too impersonal and commercial. She deplored the use of printed greeting cards, preferring a personal letter of thanks honoring mothers. She was quoted as saying she wished she had never started the day, because it became so out of control. Jarvis was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace while protesting against the commercialization of Mother’s Day.
Today, Mother’s Day is the third highest day of sales for greeting cards each year, behind only Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
Why not honor Jarvis’s original vision by adding a famous quotation about mothers to a carefully chosen greeting card? You’ll get the best of both worlds.
Here are our Top Ten quotes about mothers to help inspire you.
“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” – Jewish Proverb
“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” – Unknown
“Men are what their mothers made them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.” – Lin Yutang, Chinese author
“When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” – Erma Bombeck
“A mother’s love is something we keep locked deep in our hearts; always knowing it will be there to comfort us.” – Harmony Ferrario
“For the hand that rocks the candle is the hand that rules the world.” – William Ross Wallace
“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren
“Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes
“I remember my mother’s prayers, and they have always followed me. They clung to me all my life.” – Abraham Lincoln
And one extra, devoted to my own mother Gayle, for whom I was named, and who is as tough and smart as anyone I’ve ever met:
“I hope they’re still making women like my momma. She always told me to do the right thing. She always told me to have pride in myself. She said a good name is better than money.” – Joe Louis
Happy Mother’s Day to all, whether you are a mother, have a mother or are honoring a mother now departed.